Up: The Four Corners Chapter of the American Red Cross honored recipients of their Real Heroes Award. Local residents were recognized for their actions during emergencies and for their efforts to improve lives of their neighbors. Congratulations, and thank you, to all honorees.


Down: Public transportation in Farmington soon will be harder to come by. Beginning July 6, many of the Red Apple Transit routes will be eliminated. After a month the change will be evaluated and adjusted as necessary. The move is intended to save about $42,000. Opponents of the change fear a hardship in getting around town, especially for handicapped riders.


Down: The wildfire in southern Colorado continues to burn out of control. While no homes or structures have yet been lost to the fire, several communities remain in harms way. Speculation is that the fire will continue to burn for months, with the hope that monsoon season rains will slow the burn. The fire serves as a reminder to take care with ANY fire source, including fireworks, during these hot, dry conditions.


Up: Bloomfield native Mario Sategna has been named the first head coach of The University of Texas combined men's and women's track and field team. The Bloomfield High graduate, a three-time All-America decathlete while attending LSU, was named Division I National Men's Assistant Coach of the Year in 2012. Congratulations Coach Sategña!


Down: The new Farmington Regional Animal Shelter continues to be a contentious project. Under funding required additional money from the city and the non-profit Pet Project group. The latest development was the addition of a crematory at the facility, resulting in an additional $75,000 in funding from the city. Few people question the dire need for the improved shelter, but we hope the project can proceed smoothly, and without additional cost, to its opening in the fall.


Up: The 49th annual San Juan Open at the San Juan Country Club drew a strong field of 77 professional golfers. Jimmie Gunn, a native of Scotland and a resident of Mesa, Ariz., won the Open title and the $17,500 first place check. However, judging by the comments from players, San Juan County was the big winner. Players had high praise about their treatment while attending the San Juan Open.


Down: Violent and disturbing crimes continue in San Juan County. Stabbings, sexual assault, child pornography, and murder all made headlines in the last week. Saddest of all is that many of the most hideous crimes are being committed against small children. We applaud the efforts of law enforcement in bringing in the perpetrators and hope the justice system acts swiftly and harshly to those found guilty.


Up: The Navajo Nation chapter of Pueblo Pintado celebrated the reopening of its only gas station/convenience store. Residents excitedly attended the grand opening, grateful for the promise of relief for the daily hardships of getting food and gasoline. The only thing missing from the grand opening was the gas. The gas station won't open for a few more weeks.